Grizedale Sculpture Trail
Published: Sunday 4th May 2014
Written by: Natalie Barker
Grizedale Forest in the English Lake District, home to miles of trails used by mountain bikers, orienteers, walkers and runners as well as being home to a fantastic ‘Go Ape’ course. Grizedale Sculpture trail is a great way to give added purpose to your walk offering a range of things to see whilst enjoying the natural environment too.Grizedale is home to the largest collection of site-specific art in the environment in the the UK. The forest holds around 50 permanently sited artworks created by leading international artists in response to the landscape. Created over the past 30 years Grizedale Sculpture is the first collection of its kind in the UK. Artists continue to respond to the unique forest environment, creating site specific work in a continually changing landscape.
The works of art displayed at Grizedale are deliberately left to decay over time, replenished each year by new works. It’s a wonderful way of working, letting people take way-marked trails through the forest to see the current sculptures with the chance of also stumbling across the almost lost remains of sculptures from years or decades ago. More information about this project can be found on the Grizedale Sculpture website and Trail maps can be bought at Grizedale Visitor Centre or downloaded from their website.